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The Marketing of a President’s Wife

Here’s another glimpse into the PR strategy of the Hillary book rollout. The Washington Post story on the political arguments in Hillary’s book is quite interesting. Apparently Senator Clinton believes the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court is a raving zealot and hack. But we haven’t heard about that in all of the interviewsk, and now we kind of know why. According to the Post, Mrs. Clinton “declined to be interviewed about the political content of her book.”

That’s different than saying she declined to be interviewed. Rather, if the Post wanted to ask her about Monica Lewinsky or her “zone of privacy” mumbo-jumbo, Hillary would have said yes.

Isn’t it odd that a feminist standard-bearer and US Senator refuses to discuss the political content of her new book? Maybe that’s because she only wants to discuss her private life and her alleged victimhood. And the reason for that is this whole thing is political theater. One wonders what ground rules she set for other interviews.

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